(PHILADELPHIA) April 14, 2021 – Today, Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson (At Large) released a report which summarizes the findings from the Thursday, November 12, 2020 Committee on Education hearing on Resolution No. 200430. It offers recommendations heard from experts at the hearing. The main recommendation is for conflict resolution training to be offered to all School District of Philadelphia students as part of a larger strategy to reduce gun violence and the number of conflicts amongst young people.
During the Committee on Education hearing summarizing the findings and detailing next steps for implementation this morning, the School District of Philadelphia announced they will offer trauma-informed, evidence-based conflict resolution training at the Tier 1 level that is culturally competent and developed in collaboration with school staff and teachers next school year.
“We have watched as far too many of our children have lost their lives because of arguments,” said Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson. “By offering conflict resolution training to all students, we will be taking preventive approach to violence reduction. I’m grateful to the School District and the Department of Behavioral Health and disability Services for their work, and I look forward to further working group meetings that I will hold to ensure implementation this fall. Additionally, I look forward to ensuring teachers receive the proper training and resources necessary for effective implementation.”
The Conflict Resolution Report is available here.
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